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Beginning in 2001, ArtsConnection undertook a study1 of its inquiry-based partnerships in theater and dance in three schools. Investigating the Arts and Literacy Connection sought to address:
The findings of this research were shared in ArtsConnectionís 2005 symposium - Beyond Arts Integration: Defining learning in arts education partnerships, which focused on the challenges encountered and the lessons learned through this investigation. Key research findings2 reported at the symposium were that in classrooms with effective instruction and collaboration by artists and teachers, students were more likely to demonstrate:
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1This study was supported with funds from a first-round U.S. Department of Education Arts in Education Model Development and Dissemination Program grant.
2ArtsConnecionís work on partnership was evaluated externally by a team led by Dr. Robert Horowitz of Columbia Universityís Teacherís College. The findings listed here are from Connections: The Arts and Cognitive, Social and Personal Development, presented by Dr. Horowitz at the 2005 AERA conference and at ArtsConnectionís symposium: Beyond Arts Integration.